Connolly will assume role from Gary Rodkin in April
OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 12, 2015--
ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is announcing today Sean M. Connolly as
its new chief executive officer. Connolly will replace Gary M. Rodkin,
current CEO of ConAgra Foods, effective April 6.
Sean Connolly (Photo: Business Wire)
Connolly, 49, was president and CEO of The Hillshire Brands Company from
the time of its formation as an independent company in 2012 to its sale
to Tyson Foods in August 2014. Prior to his Hillshire Brands
leadership, Connolly was chief executive officer for Sara Lee North
American Retail and Foodservice, as well as president, Campbell Soup
“We are thrilled to have Sean join ConAgra Foods as our new CEO,” said
Steve Goldstone, chairman of ConAgra Foods’ Board of Directors. “His
track record of building brands, energizing teams, and creating value
makes him an ideal fit. We are confident he will infuse focus and
enthusiasm at ConAgra Foods.”
Rodkin announced in August 2014 his impending retirement, which will
take place at the end of ConAgra Foods’ fiscal year, May 31, 2015. From
April 6 to his retirement, Rodkin will serve as advisor to the company.
“The entire board thanks Gary for his leadership of ConAgra Foods of
almost 10 years,” Goldstone continued. “Our company was a very different
place in 2005 when Gary arrived, and we sincerely appreciate his vision
and tenacity in making huge strides in the company’s portfolio and
performance. We expect a smooth transition from Gary to Sean over the
next several months.”
Connolly is an experienced leader in the food industry. Prior to his
roles at Hillshire, Sara Lee and Campbell’s, Connolly managed numerous
brands in the food and beverage division at Procter & Gamble. He has
used his general management, marketing, and innovation skills to improve
business performance across a diverse range of food and beverage
categories and channels of trade, with a focus on innovation and
disciplined execution. Connolly earned his bachelor’s degree in
economics from Vanderbilt University, and his Master of Business
Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Connolly will join ConAgra Foods March 3 as CEO-elect, and will work
with Rodkin on transitioning.
“I’m excited to begin my new role at ConAgra Foods,” said Connolly. “The
company has a unique portfolio and a motivated team. I’m looking forward
to transitioning with Gary, and creating a lot of value over time.”
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's largest
packaged food companies with branded and private branded food found in
99 percent of America's households, as well as a strong commercial foods
business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally.
Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®,
Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt's®, Marie
Callender's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim
Jim®, Snack Pack® and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food
sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery,
convenience, mass merchandise, club and drug stores. Additionally,
ConAgra Foods supplies frozen potato and sweet potato products as well
as other vegetable, spice, bakery and grain products to commercial and
foodservice customers. ConAgra Foods operates ReadySetEat.com, an
interactive recipe website that provides consumers with easy dinner
recipes and more. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.
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